In the footsteps of Andy Warhol in his hometown of Pittsburgh
Downtown: music and entertainment in the heart of the city
Between the late 19th and 20th centuries, Penn and Liberty Avenues became home to the Pittsburgh Symphonythe Pittsburgh Public Theater and performances on the big stage at Byham and Benedum theaters, giving rise to what would become downtown Pittsburgh’s cultural district in the 1980s. As the renovation progressed, a brick wall on Strawberry Way was adorned with an unlikely double portrait. The Two Andys, created in 2005, features Carnegie the industrialist and Warhol the artist, side by side, dressed and sitting under hairdryers in a beauty salon, their makeovers reflecting the new face of the neighborhood.
North Shore: arts, museums, panoramas
The golden span of the Andy Warhol Bridge, crossing the Allegheny River at Seventh Street, leads directly to The Andy Warhol Museum — the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist. Opened in 1994, this majestic seven-story structure operates a treasure trove of Warhol designs, including iconic works such as Campbell’s soup cansthe celebrity silkscreen series and silver clouds, as well as eccentric personal items collected during his lifetime. Temporary exhibitions, meanwhile, explore Warhol’s ties to gay artists and his influence around the world. I Want It All, featuring the eccentric work of Paola Pivi, runs until August 15.
Warhol’s immersion in the experimental music, film and video scene of 1960s New York is a natural extension of the museum’s programming. The Sound Series hosts touring international artists, while ongoing screenings of Warhol’s films and screen tests run alongside the daily film schedule.
The Warhol Museum’s neighbors in the North Shore area include the Carnegie Science Center and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, while the bustling community of Mexican War Streets, made up of 19th-century townhouses, is also nearby. Highlights here include the mattress factoryone of the country’s premier installation art venues – artists like James Turrell and Yayoi Kusama are part of the permanent collection – and the backyard museum known as Randyland, an exuberant explosion of colors open every day, with free entry.